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James City County Parks & Recreation maintains its distinction among the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference held in September. Initially accredited in September 2017, the reaccreditation process is required every five years.
CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. As part of the reaccreditation process, Parks & Recreation had to demonstrate compliance with 154 recognized standards within ten core areas. The process for reaccreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report and approval from the commission to grant reaccreditation. Once reaccredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and is reviewed again in five years.
John Carnifax, Parks & Recreation Director, added “Parks & Recreation staff, as well as numerous County staff members, worked diligently over the past year to comply with the more than 154 standards needed to receive reaccreditation. The Department received very positive feedback from CAPRA with comments focused on well-maintained facilities, passionate and knowledgeable staff, teamwork, pride in what we do, commitment to our community and our ability to work in partnership with community organizations.”
The benefits of accreditation include an increased potential for external financial support and tax savings through grants, documenting all department operations as a benchmark for continuous improvement, and routinely reviewing our department against national standards to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services to our citizens. James City County is presently one of only 14 accredited agencies in Virginia, out of a possible 135 agencies in the state. There are presently 197 nationally accredited parks and recreation departments in the U.S., out of a possible 10,000 agencies in the nation.
The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies is a 15-member board composed of representatives from the NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, International City/County Management Association, Council of State Executive Directors, the Academy of Leisure Sciences, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials and Armed Forces Recreation Network. For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.
Accepting the award for the Parks & Recreation CAPRA team are (left to right): Carla Brittle, Recreation Centers Administrator; Angie Sims, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator; Arlana Fauntleroy, Assistant Director; and Kelley Herbert, Recreation Services Administrator.
Media Contact:Arlana Fauntleroy, Parks & Recreation Assistant Director 757-259-5377; Arlana.Fauntleroy@jamescitycountyva.gov